"I hereby proclaim today as Danny Thompson Day in the city of Houston," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker. "Thanks for your courageous actions."
Thompson, a reserve seven-year veteran of the postal service, was delivering mail in the 2800 block of Tidewater when he noticed smoke coming from the air-conditioning unit. He knocked on the door and spoke to a child inside. He told the child to notify an adult.
"Once I saw a little more smoke, I knocked again on the door a little more furiously," said Thompson. "And then I got the children out of there."
Two children, age 12 and 13, were saved from a fire that would destroy their home. The parents were out at the time.
What makes this story even more remarkable is that Thompson was there because he volunteered for the double shift.
"I had a co-worker off that day, so I said I would work his route along with mine," said Thompson.
And like most heroes, humility for Thompson is a glowing attribute.
"I'm just doing my job," he said. "I just feel like all carriers do special things on a daily basis. I just feel I was doing my job that day."
A quiet hero saving lives, and going above and beyond.
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